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February 1 - Evening

"“If a thief is caught breaking in and is struck so that he dies, the defender is not guilty of bloodshed; but if it happens after sunrise, he is guilty of bloodshed.

A thief must certainly make restitution, but if he has nothing, he must be sold to pay for his theft."

- Exodus 22:2-3

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A Daytime Thief vs. a Nighttime Thief


The term “breaking in” or “forced entry” originates from the Hebrew word khathar which means “to dig.” Today a thief breaks through a door or window for a “forced entry.” In the ancient world walls could be dug through to force entry into a residence.

According to the law the Lord established for Israel the property owner has the right to self-protection and to defend his property. If a thief is using the cover of darkness to conceal himself, the homeowner has no alternative but to strike to kill since the cover of darkness not only conceals the thief, but also conceals a potential weapon and the intention for the intrusion.

This law includes a prohibition of unnecessary violence. If a homeowner hears an intruder in their home in the darkness, they may have to strike to kill. But, in daylight a homeowner has the ability to determine if the thief is merely there to steal possessions, or is also welding a weapon which threatens the life of the members of the household. If the thief has no weapon to cause bodily harm, then merely restraining the thief would be adequate. It would be considered unnecessary violence for a homeowner to go above and beyond the law and slay an unarmed man. In that case the homeowner has committed murder. Physically wounding the thief would be within the rights of the homeowner, but the homeowner does not have the right to slay a man while he is stealing a lawn mower from his garage.

Responsibility of the thief for his actions is focused on restitution of lost property, not merely some form of punishment such as jail time, pain, discomfort or inconvenience. If a man’s desire for another man’s property causes him to steal, then that desire to cause loss of property is turned back on the thief who will lose his property and pay double (Ex.22:7) for the loss of property and damages to the victim. If the thief could not pay the victim with property, then he would pay by selling himself and his time into slavery. (The thief was not uselessly locked up in a cell, but was sold into forced labor.) Again, a dead thief could not be used to generate restitution, but a living thief could be sold into forced labor to pay for his forced entry.

In many ways this law and its rulings by Israel judges is more advanced and socially redemptive than many of our laws today. Yet, there are critics who want to consider the Law of Moses and the Bible outdated and barbaric.

  Christian Quote from Church History

 "When confronted with the order and beauty of the universe and the strange coincidences of nature, it's very tempting to take the leap of faith from science into religion. I am sure many physicists want to. I only wish they would admit it."
- Tony Rothman (physicist)

Something to Ponder??

According to Frank Viola and George Barna in
“Pagan Christianity?” -
a study by Hartford Seminary in Connecticut showed that clergy and seminary graduates who had advanced educational degrees scored lower in their ability to deal with conflict and in their ability to provide a “clear sense of purpose” than nonseminary graduates.
The same survey showed that men in ministry who had no ministerial education or formal certificate program training scored highest on tests that revealed how well a person will deal with conflict and stress. The Point: churches with seminary educated leadership are far more likely to:
1 - perceive less clarity
of purpose
2 - face more conflict
3 - less person-to-person communication
4 - less confidence in
the future
5 - feel threatened by
changes in services
(p. 216, in 2008)

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Ekklesia (Gr) – Church Eng) - ekklesia is a compound Greek word that was used in Classical Greek times to refer to an assembly of citizens from a city that gathered together for governmental or public matters. The Greek Septuagint uses ekklesia to identify the nation of Israel when they were gathered together as a group. Ekklesia is made up of ek meaning “out” and kaleo meaning “to call.” This gives ekklesia the meaning of “the called out group.” The English Bibles translate ekklesia in the New Testament with the word “church.”



Archaeologist Bryant Wood gained further support for the 1405 BC date of Jericho’s destruction by Joshua and the Israelites when a radio-carbon sample from a piece of charcoal taken from the final layer of destruction was dated at 1410 BC (+ or - 40 years).

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Do I seek just retribution and restoration?
Or, do I live by emotions that give way to a desire for vengeance at all cost?
Individual rights and justice are balanced in the truth found in both the legal law and universal reality.
I will seek to support a balance of justice, rights and responsibility in social law.
  “How long will you who are simple love your simple ways?
    How long will mockers delight in mockery
    and fools hate knowledge?"
- Proverbs 1:22
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Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC
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